BC Street Turns O’Neill Into A Bustling Epicenter Of Street-Style Dance
Published: Sunday, October 14, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 18:01
Last Friday, the Residence Hall Association (RHA) hosted BC Street in O’Neill Plaza. A collection of on-campus and hired performance groups entertained audiences and passers-by for four hours, enlivening the newest green space on campus. Although the rain caused a slight delay in programs and forced most of the groups to perform under the cover of the building, the event was a hit. One student said, “O’Neill plaza should look like this everyday. I love to see everyone playing in the open space like this, despite the weather.”
The Boston College Drum line set the mood and played through the rain before Lucky Bob officially started the show. Although you can usually find the magician and comedian entertaining the masses at Faneuil Hall, Lucky Bob couldn’t quite connect with the crowd here on campus. While several dozen people gathered to watch his performance, the audience was anything but energetic. Nonetheless, Lucky Bob put on a good show, even balancing a machete on his face. The rain started to pick up as B-XTREME took the floor with a more enthusiastic crowd. The four male performers gave a high-energy show packed with acrobatic stunts.
The dancers didn’t fail to amaze as they flipped, jumped, and spun through their routines. They called one male volunteer from the audience and decked him out in a B-XTREME hat, then joined the audience and left him on stage alone to perform. After a moment of ruthless waiting, they rejoined him on stage and taught him a couple of their moves, including some shameless hip thrusting and booty shaking across the stage. For the finale, they called another audience volunteer forward and instructed her to position her arms out and hold a towel. She did as she was instructed as they performed one final stunt, and then one performer grabbed the towel to dry off. The crowd roared with laughter and applauded.
Synergy took the stage next and gave an excellent show as they always do. After a larger group routine, some of the individual members came forward to perform freestyle. The audience seemed to sway with the beat of the music, excited to watch their peers perform. The hip-hop dance group of BC, Synergy, fit right in with the “streets” theme of the day’s events. A few of the girls watching exchanged, “I want to dance! That’s how we looked like last night…” “I wish! These guys look great!” F.I.S.T.S followed their performance with a great show of their own. The six girls impressed the crowd with several stomp routines. F.I.S.T.S boasts an entirely unique style of dance on the Heights. The women are all very talented and gave a terrific performance.
Fuego del Corazon took the stage next. Each of the couples in the Latino dance group danced beautifully, showing off salsa, tango, and other styled dances. The guys in particular received a great response from the crowd during their solos.
After a short break, Jammin’ Toast, Chris Paterno, CCE, The Sharps, and Mike LaPointe entertained passers-by for the remainder of the afternoon with delightful musical performances. A caricature artist drew sketches of anyone willing to sit for a portrait and added something extra to the event, especially between performances.
Overall, BC Street was a phenomenal success. The event introduced students to many performance groups they wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to experience on or off campus. With the success of this first attempt, BC Street may be around for a while.